But her emails…

Seriously, nothing matters — via The Times:

Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.

Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.

The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance.

By all means, let’s haul these specimens before a congressional committee and examine the concerns that were raised about Kushner. And speaking of hearings, looks like Trump Org CFO Weisselberg will be compelled to appear, and Ivanka and Don Jr. will be interviewed. (Gums is the new Tiffany!)

Scratch the opening sentence: elections matter. Open thread!






116 replies
  1. 1
    SFAW says:

    More Fake News! Witch Hunt! The Demon-rats are lying!

    Or, as Yul Brynner would say: “et cetera, et cetera, et cetera”

  2. 2
    FlipYrWhig says:

    One of the regulars (sorry to forget who!) has been pointing out lately that Trump appears to see Kushner as the son he never had, even though he has three actual sons. It rings totally true. The psychological damage of this family is intense. Imagine relying on wan, moist nonentity Jared Fucking Kushner as your most trusted aide. Mindboggling.

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    MattF says:

    I guess that since Trump has complete access to all classified information, it would be pointless to restrict Jared’s clearance.

  4. 4
    Mike in DC says:

    I hope NY State indicts Eric, DJTJ, Ivanka and Jared, sometime between now and election day.

  5. 5
    Baud says:

    The “email scandal” was always intended to fool potential Clinton supporters, and it worked.

    If Trump is a cheat, what are you?

    “A fool,” Cohen America said.

  6. 6
    humboldtblue says:

    Behold and rejoice with joy, Juicers!

    Guy Fieri (the boss of sauce) is opening a chicken restaurant with the aim to make it a franchise.

    He’s gonna call it, Chicken Guy! (seriously)

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    Brachiator says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    One of the regulars (sorry to forget who!) has been pointing out lately that Trump appears to see Kushner as the son he never had, even though he has three actual sons. It rings totally true. The psychological damage of this family is intense. Imagine relying on wan, moist nonentity Jared Fucking Kushner as your most trusted aide.

    Trump believes that Young Jared is as steely as Michael Corleone.

    And of course, Eric is Fredo.

  8. 8

    NYT is still fluffing noble general Kelly. WTF? Brave marine general kept notes. How courageous of him.

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    jonas says:

    @humboldtblue: I’ll wait for the Peter Wells review…

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Yep, I can’t imagine relying on that whey-faced, noodle-armed whelp of a felon to clean a cat box, let alone handle the foreign affairs of a once-great nation. That family makes the Borgias seem heroically well adjusted.

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    Damien says:

    @Brachiator: People keep saying that like it isn’t Fredos all the way down.

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    trollhattan says:

    Byrds of a feather.

    Virginia’s first lady has apologised after being accused of handing African-American children cotton during a historic tour of the governor’s home.

    A government worker claimed Pam Northam asked the young students to imagine they were picking the cotton as slaves. The first lady’s office told the BBC she has reached out to the family to apologise without success and said she did not single anyone out at the event.

    The row comes as the governor still faces backlash for using blackface.

    The incident involving Virginia’s first lady reportedly took place in the mansion’s kitchen during a historic tour for Senate pages.

    Beginning to think the Northams need to start wearing their fancy thinkin’ overalls to work.

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    trollhattan says:

    @humboldtblue:
    Whomever did the review of his New York place needs to get him or herself there, stat.

  14. 14
    jonas says:

    @Mike in DC: Trump may or may not have explicitly directed his sons or other people on his campaign to collaborate with the Russians and Wikileaks, but Mueller is going to pull the lid off of Trump’s business shenanigans, which of course his kids are neck-deep in as well. They will either end up in prison with Cohen, or spend the rest of their lives defending various lawsuits that are bound to arise after their utterly fraudulent business empire is exposed for the house-of-cards money laundering operations it has been for years. I cannot WAIT to see those arrogant pricks frog-marched into the SDNY courthouse by federal marshals.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @MattF: This is the real point here that you’ve made. The President can grant access to anyone to see anything that he wants them to see. It wasn’t going to matter what the FBI’s clearance investigators found or how Jared did on the polygraph or which way the adjudicators ruled on the Top Secret clearance or how the CIA’s adjudicators ruled on the request for Sensitive Compartmented Information access. All that matters is whether the President did or did not want Jared to have access. That’s it.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @trollhattan: What is it with white people? Just clueless!

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I sure hope there is a deep state, and that it is listening.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @schrodingers_cat: You’ve missed the point of this information about Kelly. I’ve been lawfully ordered to do things that I cannot support because I think they are unethical and will actually lead to illegality. I always keep records of both the order and my objections. On several occasions, when I’ve inevitably been contacted by the Criminal Investigative Division folks, the documentation has been very helpful to the cases they’re building.

    ETA: When I was once ordered to do something illegal, after trying to move the person giving the instruction to legal ground, and failing, I resigned.

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    TS (the original) says:

    Slightly off topic – but today on the front page of the WaPo to which I pay a very minimal subscription – I cannot find an article positive towards trump – for the first time since I don’t know when. Is our journalists learning?

  20. 20
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Lapassionara: It is. Which is why Jared kept trying to set up backchannels with different interlocutors like the Russians and the Saudis and the Israelis.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That’s true, but it was becoming politically untenable, which is why it looks like Trump intervened.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.
    The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A

    CIA? More like CYA, amirite?

  23. 23
    Baud says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    When I was once ordered to do something illegal, after trying to move the person giving the instruction to legal ground, and failing, I resigned.

    You have no place in my administration.

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    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: No contemporaneous resignation and whistleblowing, however.

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    Jeffro says:

    We are coming for you all, RICO Clan. Or should I say RICO Klan? Either way…we are coming for you all.

    Next up: Mr. Weisselberg! Let’s see “Gym” and Mark get all wound up when he corroborates everything Cohen already told the world…

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Later in the article, it notes that the FBI also had concerns. 🤔

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    Mary G says:

    Jared’s going to Saudi to see his BFF MBS while Trump was failing in Korea was the exact kind of bone-stupid move we’ve come to expect from him. And he can’t be bothered to even furrow his brow at them over Khashoggi? I usually think he and Lucretia will get off, but I really hope they don’t.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Oooooh!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Betty Cracker: Ooopsie!

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    whey-faced, noodle-armed whelp of a felon

    I love this. Vaguely reminiscent of

    bastard, orphan son of a whore / And a Scotsman

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    whey-faced, noodle-armed whelp of a felon

    Damn it, Betty! I nearly choked laughing!

  32. 32
    Miss Bianca says:

    @trollhattan: If that’s the review I remember, I’m not sure you could pay him enough to go!

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    Baud says:

    @Adam L Silverman: She didn’t say which president!

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    debbie says:

    @Brachiator:

    Yes, I await his magic in the Middle East. I wonder if Bib’s “troubles” (which are proving more troublesome than he anticipated) have held Jared at bay. He can’t want to be anywhere near someone found to be corrupt. Wouldn’t be prudent.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Baud: Kelly made clear during his tantrum about Frederica Wilson– also the Khan family, abortion, etc– and during his tenure in both offices that he’s all in on the white nationalism. Lawrence O’Donnell can be annoying, but man he had Kelly’s number in the blink of an eye, and old school urban ethnic racist, Archie Bunker with some military spit and polish.

    I’m not gonna throw any parties for McGhan whatever comes out, but several people have speculated that he’s already flipped for Mueller

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    ruemara says:

    @humboldtblue: No thank you.

    @Adam L Silverman: Oh, this is a guaranteed day of nuklear twitter reactions.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Wow…they’re gonna put Felix Sater up there? Hey trumpov, you may as well start packing that go-bag now…

    @Adam L Silverman: I wonder if the House Dems have the…um…ovaries to bring her before the committee and ask her a few questions about the whole process she’s describing with such a straight face. Methinks they do.

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    @Adam L Silverman: I haven’t missed it at all. NYT is giving Kelly the benefit of the doubt by taking him at his word, a courtesy they never afford to D politicians, include our last nominee, HRC.

    ETA: I do take you at your word. With Kelly I need corroboration.

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    Brachiator says:

    Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.

    It’s wild. Government officials working for Trump keep taking notes about shit to cover their asses, and Trump supporters keep shouting to the heavens, “Hot Damn! Greatest President ever!” Nothing registers for them.

    And as odious an individual as Kelly is, it says much that he apparently did not trust the man that he was working for.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: @Betty Cracker: The FBI does the actual clearance investigations for executive branch appointees, including those working in the White House. All the information they compile along with the results of the polygraph are then bundled with notes from the clearance investigators and sent to the adjudicators. In this case the adjudicators are at the White House Special Security Officer’s office. The adjudicators recommendation, based on the FBI’s clearance investigation, was reject. The President ordered the Special Security Officer to ignore that recommendation and award the Top Secret clearance. At that point Kushner’s request for a Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance access was forwarded to the CIA, which adjudicates that clearance for executive branch appointees including White House personnel. The CIA’s adjudicator denied the SCI access, which the President also ordered overruled. Both the FBI, the CIA, and all the adjudicators below the Special Security Officer who is a presidential appointee at the White House all did their jobs correctly. Apparently Kelly and McGahn did their jobs correctly here as well. But under his Article II powers, the President has the final say as to who gets access to what and he wanted Jared to have TS and SCI access, so Jared got TS and SCI access.

  41. 41
    Kay says:

    fake nick ramsey
    ‏Verified account
    @nick_ramsey
    34m34 minutes ago
    More
    … the @nytimes is reporting trump ordered officials to give kushner his security clearance. but here’s video from 20 days ago of ivanka trump repeatedly denying the president had anything to do with it.
    ABC News

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Ah, I wondered why Brian Beutler was calling her a liar on twitter. Didn’t doubt it, but didn’t know the direct connection to this.

    @Betty Cracker: Chuck Rosenberg, the human incarnation of sober-sidedness, stated almost in passing on Nicole Wallace’s show that Jared had “issues” which lay outside Mueller’s scope. He said it so casually that no one commented on it, but considering the source, it made me wonder what he’s heard from former colleagues, or just from reading between lines.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @schrodingers_cat: What are they giving him the benefit of the doubt on? This was widely reported, minus the information that he wrote a memo, months ago while he was still Chief of Staff. The guy may be a racist, misogynist asshole, but it doesn’t mean that he didn’t do the right thing here or is getting press coverage that is underserved in this instance.

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    debbie says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    OT: Have you had your interview yet?

  45. 45
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Who do you think tells Bibi and Muhammad bin Salman everything that goes on in the White House? Kushner.

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    debbie says:

    @debbie:

    Bibi’s not only claiming “fake news” and “witch hunt” in his protestations (pity neither translates to Hebrew), but he also invoked “blood libel”! A bit over the top, Beebs?

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    debbie says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    Hope it went well!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Is there an open source database of all the various facts, evidence, interviews in these cases somewhere? It’s gotten hard to remember all the various bits of mosaic that haven’t been glued down yet.

  51. 51
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Susan Hennessey @ Susan_Hennessey
    If Kushner hasn’t resigned by the time we wake up tomorrow, it is a sign that the basic checks of government have ceased to function. Congress should be unanimously calling for his resignation and absolutely refuse to move on until we get it.

    I’m about as far from an expert as you can get, but this seems like an area where Chairman Schiff could make things very uncomfortable for Jared, maybe also for McGahn and Kelly

    ETA: @A Ghost To Most: ain’t that the truth

  52. 52

    @debbie: One can never tell with these things. I thought it went rather well. There was another finalist. Whose interview was in the afternoon. So now I wait.

  53. 53
    Duane says:

    How much crime and misdemeanors does the walking orange turd have to commit to be impeached or hauled into court. 5th avenue shooting? It’s literally something else everyday. Like he was trying to get canned. Someone please step up and put him, and us, out of this misery.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Kelly filed a memorandum at the time saying he opposed it. Whether that helps him or not, I leave to others.

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    debbie says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    And we along with you. You have many people rooting for you.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Who do you think tells Bibi and Muhammad bin Salman everything that goes on in the White House? Kushner.

    Don’t you mean Muhammad bone Saw..???…

    Also, isn’t that illegal, to be sharing secret White House information with foreigners of any flavor? I mean, having access to that level of secret info personally is one thing, but it doesn’t make one authorized to declassify secret squirrel info to others, does it? Surely not, actually !!

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    Mary G says:

    KJU gave his first answer to a foreign reporter’s question to David Nakamura of WaPo. Just adding another little insult by picking the paper Twitler hates the most.

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    Baud says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I hate interviewing. Good luck.

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    @Adam L Silverman: And Jared’s email management practices are perfect. Priorities.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Mary G: interesting, as with Putin and probably the Gulf leaders, the ones trump thinks are his pals despise him and laugh at him

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @J R in WV: Yes. It is highly illegal.

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    Brachiator says:

    @J R in WV:

    Also, isn’t that illegal, to be sharing secret White House information with foreigners of any flavor?

    The president has broad authority to do whatever he thinks appropriate with respect to classified information.

    Congress might try to rein him in, but, you know the Senate we have is the rubberyest of rubber stamps.

    Can Trump authorize Young Jared to share information with foreign nationals? I guess Adam can weigh in on that one.

  63. 63
    Adam L Silverman says:

    I’m going to the gym before I break something!

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    Jeffro says:

    Annnnnnd we’re 2 hours late opening tomorrow already here in Fairfax. I can’t blame the school division for making that call (no doubt they will update it with a full cancelation in the a.m.) but still…come on FSM, these kids gotta go to school!

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    stinger says:

    @schrodingers_cat: What did you wear? :-)

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    Aleta says:

    See Ivanka lie — she does have tells.
    1/2 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1101258905127026688
     

    >> “The president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance—zero”

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    @Duane: One step at a time. “Cohen is a LIAR” gets put to bed first with a series of corroborating witnesses, then Madame Speaker can explain to the children in the Senate that they are complicit if they resist the articles that result. Or the ratfucker resigns. Either outcome is suitable.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Jared had “issues” which lay outside Mueller’s scope.

    Mueller will hand that off to the relevant US Attorney, probably SDNY.

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    Brachiator says:

    Bibi’s not only claiming “fake news” and “witch hunt” in his protestations

    This has not been a good week for national leaders. Even leaders we may like.

    A simmering political scandal involving Justin Trudeau and his ex-attorney general came to the boil dramatically this week.

    Now, people are calling on him to resign.

    Here’s what you need to know.

    In a nutshell

    Mr Trudeau has been accused of pressuring his former attorney general to cut a deal with a company facing corruption charges – and retaliating when she refused to play ball.

    The revelations could cost Trudeau the October general election, some pundits say.

    The former AG says Trudeau and his staff spent months trying to convince her that taking the company to trial would cost Canadians jobs, and their party votes.

    She also says she was subject to “veiled threats”, which she believes were made good when she was shuffled out of her department.

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    Duane says:

    @Lapassionara: Picking cotton by hand is a painful, awful hurtful job. I’ve tried it. For ten minutes. It’s torturous.
    Pam Northam needs a day of picking so she truly feels the pain of her actions.

  71. 71
    Mary G says:

    O/T but this has been bugging me since I read it yesterday: (WaPo) The U.S. is funding dangerous experiments it doesn’t want you to know about

    Apparently, the government has decided the research should now move ahead. In the past year, the U.S. government quietly greenlighted funding for two groups of researchers, one in the United States and the other in the Netherlands, to conduct transmission-enhancing experiments on the bird flu virus as they were originally proposed before the moratorium. Amazingly, despite the potential public-health consequences of such work, neither the approval nor the deliberations or judgments that supported it were announced publicly. The government confirmed them only when a reporter learned about them through non-official channels.

    This lack of transparency is unacceptable. Making decisions to approve potentially dangerous research in secret betrays the government’s responsibility to inform and involve the public when approving endeavors, whether scientific or otherwise, that could put health and lives at risk.

    Written by a couple of professors, so the right will deem it egg-heady socialism and call them traitors for calling it out.

    Oh, no big deal, just fooling around with trying to make lethal viruses easily transmissible to millions of people. I shutter (in honor of CS) to think how many decisions the Twitler administration is making that we don’t know a thing about.

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    RSA says:

    @trollhattan:

    Virginia’s first lady has apologised after being accused of handing African-American children cotton during a historic tour of the governor’s home. A government worker claimed Pam Northam asked the young students to imagine they were picking the cotton as slaves.

    Maybe she could have told each white child, “You’re a racist and a traitor who wants to dissolve the United States.” For balance in her historical presentation, right?

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    @debbie:

    he also invoked “blood libel”

    Is this the Israeli equivalent of calling your accusers a lynch mob?

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    Brachiator says:

    @BruceFromOhio:

    then Madame Speaker can explain to the children in the Senate that they are complicit if they resist the articles that result.

    This would be a meaningless gesture.

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    C Stars says:

    @humboldtblue: Woo hoo! Fingers is the tastiest part of the chicken! Miami, though. When does one open in his hometown of Santa Rosa…?

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    stinger says:

    @Jeffro: Our schools have had so many lost days and late openings due to snow, freezing rain, and bitter wind chill temps that the legislature is considering a bill to reduce the number of required instructional hours/days.

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    debbie says:

    @Roger Moore:

    It’s the origination story for anti-Semitism. I’m not sure he used it correctly. I can’t be sure because I don’t understand Hebrew, but there’s this:

    Israel’s attorney general announced Thursday that his office plans to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation.

    The prime minister faces one count of bribery and three counts of breach of trust.

    With elections just six weeks away, Netanyahu called the prosecution’s announcement “outrageous” and an “unprecedented witch hunt” carried out by his liberal opponents.

    The prime minister vowed to refute all allegations which he said are “blood libel.”

    It seems to me he has it backwards. Adam would know better than I.

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    Sebastian says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    Three sons? Who is the third?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    OT: as plausible a theory as any….

    ian bremmer @ ianbremmer
    You know what really happened in Vietnam:
    Trump couldn’t handle sitting through boring Kim summit when he wanted to watch TV on Cohen testimony. So he pulled the plug.

    #ExecutiveTime

    I was at the gym today and somebody had put Fox on TV (a first in my two plus years as a member). The Beast stopped at some military base on the way home and was having a fine old time getting applause and cheers, and Fox covered the whole thing, and I’m sure those clips will be repeated the next couple of days to make him feel better

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    I said this the first time security clearance issues came up and Adam laid out the process. The various departments would deny Kushner clearance, and Trump would override them because legally he can do that. I think I was only one of many who had the same attitude, but I don’t remember for sure.

    It seems very likely Kushner has used this access to sell American secrets to our adversaries for profit. If this is correct, I would assume the IC is spitting mad and looking for a way to translate this into the destruction of Jared and all that he holds dear.

    @FlipYrWhig:

    Trump appears to see Kushner as the son he never had

    They are true intellectual equals, with only slightly different styles. I’m sure they call each other geniuses all the time, and every time Kushner spouts an idiotic buzzword thinking that’s a plan, Trump loves it. Kushner is breathtakingly stupid, breathtakingly corrupt, and breathtakingly full of himself. Oh, and he’s banging Ivanka. Trump sees himself in Kushner.

    Trump’s sons have been beaten into subservience. They don’t have the chutzpah and proactive nature Kushner has.

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    @debbie:

    “unprecedented witch hunt”

    That sounds familiar.

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    debbie says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Trump’s vocabulary will be a scourge for many years after he is gone.

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    Kay says:

    @stinger:

    We ran out of “calamity days” too. I love that name so much I say it more then necessary :)

    We had five. Five calamities.

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    chris says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Not exactly a database but it’s thorough and updated all the time.

    https://kikoshouse.blogspot.com/2018/09/a-comprehensive-timeline-of-russia.html

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    Mike in NC says:

    In “normal” times neither Trump nor any of his criminal children would be able to qualify for a security clearance.

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    @debbie:
    I know what blood libel is; it’s the claim that Jews used the blood of Christians (usually claimed to be children) in their religious rituals. I’m just wondering if its use in Israeli politics is similar to the way Americans jump to call any accusation they don’t want to answer a lynch mob.

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    Sebastian says:

    @debbie:

    Yes of course. Thanks.

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    Chief Oshkosh says:

    @Adam L Silverman: B-b-but the hunk on the talking picture box just told me that Trump denies that he even ASKED anyone to give Jared clearance. Indeed! Harrumph! Harrumph! The resident says that he doesn’t think that he has the authority to do that! Harrumph!

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    germy says:

    Conversation between Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Nobel Prize–winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka

    Gates: Was there a cause and effect relation between the fact that a black man occupied the White House for eight years and then his opposite was elected?

    Soyinka: Trump came in on a platform of political, racial, and ideological hatred for Obama. He was not even subtle about his mission of dismantling the legacy of this black man.

    Gates: And unprecedented, in my experience, to have a politician say, “My prime focus is going to be on undoing the policies of the man who preceded me.”

    https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/03/21/one-humanity-conversation-henry-louis-gates-wole-soyinka/

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    Jay says:

    @Roger Moore: @debbie:

    “Blood libel or ritual murder libel (also blood accusation)[1][2] is an antisemitic canard[3][4][5] accusing Jews of kidnapping and murdering Christian children in order to use their blood as part of religious rituals.[1][2][6] Historically, these claims—alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration—have been a major theme of the persecution of Jews in Europe.[4]”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_libel

    Bibi jumped the shark.

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    germy says:

    Netanyahu Defends New Alliance With Israel’s Far-Right Aryan Supremacy Party

    https://politics.theonion.com/netanyahu-defends-new-alliance-with-israel-s-far-right-1832879468

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    BobS says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Slater had an accident March 13. You think Adam Schiff could arrange to have a SEAL team chaperoning him the next two weeks?

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    Percysowner says:

    In part 1,372 of Everything Trump Touches Dies Lynne Patton skipped an important HUD meeting to help attack Cohen — now she might be in trouble (updated) https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/lynn-patton-skipped-out-on-an-important-hud-meeting-to-appear-at-mark-meadows-side-now-she-might-be-in-trouble/?comments=disqus

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    germy says:

    @Percysowner: The clip is so odd. Patton stands there awkwardly and silently. And then a blonde woman sitting behind her says something, Patton turns around to look at her, and then sits down.

    Blonde Woman: “Okay, that’s enough. You can sit down now. Back to the Sunken Place”

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    BobS says:

    @germy: That was a disturbing visual. It would have looked less out-of-place if they were dressed in period clothing, say Mississippi, 1850.

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    germy says:

    @BobS:
    Did you see the 2012 clip of him promising to send Obama “back to Kenya or wherever he’s from” ?

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    BobS says:

    @germy: Yeah. Of course, it would be worse if he were a racist. But he’s not, so there’s that.

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    Duane says:

    @debbie: Shitmidas is so rotten and vile he ruins words.

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    @debbie: Aww thanks.
    @stinger: I went with black pants with an ultra feminine blouse and a red jacket. I wore gold hoops and a seed pearl station necklace of medium length. Nut brown booties with a low heel. I decided to wear pants at the last minute because the weather was really shitty. Cold and snowing, when I left home.
    @Baud:Thanks.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Ian Bremmer’s new(wish) not for profit spin off think tank’s sole research fellow is funded by the Koch Foundation. The point of the fellow’s work is to promote the isolationist “Independent America” conclusions of Bremmer’s book Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World”. This includes developing and overseeing a curriculum for high school students promoting the independent America concept.

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    @Baud: The advantage of being a virtual candidate, no interviews.

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    @Adam L Silverman: That sounds like a perfect plan, Juche as worked so well for the DPRK.

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    Emma says:

    @Betty Cracker: cackles madly… *cough, cough, cough*…. cackles madly….

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    stinger says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Red jacket — good power move!

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    Jamey says:

    @Mike in DC: And emancipates Barron.

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    @stinger: Its a nice shade of red. The blouse was cream. I like to break up suits, head to toe in the same color is boring.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @humboldtblue:
    I know of Guy Fieri’s culinary reputation. Let’s just say I don’t fancy his chances of becoming the next Colonel Sanders.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Mary G: Captain Tripps, c’mon down! Walkin’ dude is waiting for ya.

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    @Amir Khalid: Never happen, Guy doesn’t have the 11 herbs and spices.

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    Wapiti says:

    FTFNYT could be a little more accurate. My suggestion:

    President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and nepotism hire, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance

    ETA: I wonder if the Democrats should use “nepotism hire” more often when talking about Kuschner and Ivanka.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Kay:
    When I was young in upstate NY, the school year included 5 days more than the state minimum so no craziness of extending the school year would be necessary.

    I guess that practice, at some point, became unacceptable. Here in Mass, if there are too many snow days, they are made up at the end of the school year. Students must go, but teachers do not, leaving students watching porn videos or something all day for many days.

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    James E Powell says:

    @Kay:

    the @nytimes is reporting trump ordered officials to give kushner his security clearance. but here’s video from 20 days ago of ivanka trump repeatedly denying the president had anything to do with it.

    I’m expect that Maggie Haberman will explain how we all have it wrong.

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    debbie says:

    @Roger Moore:
    @Jay:

    Not just any religious ritual. It was said the blood (drained from sacrificed Christian babies) was used to make matzos. If you’ve ever seen matzos, you would know how fucking ridiculous that claim is.

    Bibi had it backwards, but I’m sure he used that expression to insult and inflame. It is of little importance to him if he is misusing the very hateful term.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Duane:
    I’ll second this. Dad stopped along a field we were driving by when I was 7-8 yrs old and asked the foreman if we could pick some cotton for a bit. That was a lesson that no matter how bad your job may be, there probably are people having to do worse. Maybe a lot worse. And probably for less pay. Maybe a lot less pay.

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